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Nevada plant uses Oregon firm’s process to turn trash to fuel
by Associated Press
Sep 27, 2011 | 783 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon company’s process for converting waste material into synthetic gas will get a real-world application at a Nevada gasification plant, where officials say the gas will be turned into ethanol.

The partnering will allow the two companies to take landfill trash and convert it to ethanol in one facility.

The Bend Bulletin reports Oregon-based InEnTec has contracted with Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc., to provide plasma-enhanced melters at a Reno, Nev., facility.

The InEnTec process won a host of awards in 2010 and has been hailed as an environmentally friendly solution to both waste management and energy production.

“This is an important sale for InEnTec,” said Karl Schoene, InEnTec president and CEO. “Obviously it portends great things for the future.”

Schoene said the project sets the stage for sales of InEnTec’s plasma-enhanced melters for use in plants across the country and around the world.

The melters are capable of taking waste material, including hazardous, industrial and radioactive waste, and converting it to “syngas,” which the company says is a clean, renewable source of fuel for electricity production, transportation, or for the production of chemical processes.

Construction of the $180 million gasification plant in Nevada is slated to begin at the end of 2011. The construction includes funding from a combination of sources, including stock sales and loans backed by the U.S. Department of Energy loan guarantee program.

According to a regulatory filing on Sept. 22, the gasification plant will process about 3,700 tons of garbage per week from two Reno-area municipal landfills from waste to ethanol. The gasification plant is expected to produce 70 gallons of ethanol per ton of garbage.

Schoene said he expects expansion of gasification plants across the country to happen fairly quickly once landfill operators see the results at the Nevada plant.

“We often say the United States generates waste the way the Saudis generate oil,” Schoene said. “Now we have the technology to convert our wastes into a reliable energy supply.”
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